This post is not a tirade of hatred for Pinterest, which I love, it’s just a few thoughts I had the other day, and read til the end ‘cos there’s a picture at the end that the fabulous Kathie posted on Facebook yesterday that had me laughing and weeping tears of the purest joy.
If you follow me on Pinterest it will be no surprise to you that I love it. I have boards of Fantasy Wardrobe, Clothes I want to make, Beautiful kids room ideas and many, and I do mean many, more!! But much like looking through an amazing interiors magazine sometimes it’s inspiring but sometimes it makes you envious or just plain grumpy because your home/wardrobe/abilities come very short of the perfection exhibited inside, Pinterest is just like this. Mostly I adore sinking into the fab photographs and I pin projects I have every intention of trying out, and I have indeed tried lots, Exhibit A, Exhibit B etc . But there are almost certainly more that I never attempt and probably know deep down I never will and ironically I would do more if I didn’t spend so much time on Pinterest!
Beautiful nursery from blog When Life Gives You Mellins via Boo and the boy.
HOMES – If you follow me on Pinterest you would notice I don’t ever pin pics of my home. I do love peoples pics of the beautiful spaces they live in but although I may adore others clean spaces I actually live in a rather chaotic house and I think I missed getting a cleaning gene or two and I certainly don’t notice dust, piles of papers on edges of rooms or random solitary socks peeking out from the sofa and if I’m really honest I’m rather suspicious (probably envious) of people who have exquisite homes! How do they do it? When do they find time to do it? And most importantly why don’t they just sit down with a cuppa and eat a biscuit instead?
Eric Carle in his gloriously messy studio
STUDIO – As someone who makes things things for a living I am lucky enough to have a studio/workshop in which I create things. I adore my studio and have been in my current one for over 10 years but it is a working environment and it is certainly not a photogenic place and has paperwork, half made items, packaging, tools and the materials of my trade scattered in a seemingly random, but actually ordered way. The beautiful studios of people with their lined up shelves of stuff and acres of uncluttered worktop remind me of something I was told at art school, creativity is messy. I am genuinely confused by an ordered studio and suspect the occupant of not really making things in it, perhaps they have a Dorian Grey like second real studio where the action actually happens!
Jane Foster’s organised and well used studio.
Having said that I am lucky enough to know Jane Foster who keeps a beautiful studio that is photo ready at most times and as I know how hard she works everyday and how prolific she is perhaps more people than I like to think are like her and not like untidy me at all. I also have a small sewing room at home that I share with the kids as an art room and it looks like this (see below). See what I mean about not being photo ready! I would actually rather not share it but hey what’s a little house shame between friends!
I know it’s awful isn’t it, I had to Instagram the photo before sharing in an attempt to be less embaressed to share! I push piles to one side to make clothes and presents and the kids mainly work on the kitchen table and as much as I’d like a sewing room that is photo ready I suspect it may never happen!
I follow hundreds of people on Pinterest and am thankful they find such beautiful, inspiring and interesting projects and some of them I actually hang out with in real life and some I’d love to be my friends and I reckon we’d get on great like Rainbow Vintage Home, Lisa Levis, Abby Hagler, Lola Nova and Dasiy Jones to name a very small selection!
I love Pinterest but i think we must all remember, particually when we have a low day or perhaps month, that what people pin is not what they are and most of us who have beautiful images and fabulous projects online actually have untidy homes, grubby kids in spiderman t-shirts from the car boot rather than hand made designer mini clothes and that’s exactly the way it should be. Some come follow me on Pinterest but don’t be fooled by the pins I choose, I’m probably knee deep in dust at home and throwing a ready made pizza in the oven ‘cos I’m too knackered after teaching to rustle up a photogenic vegetarian feast for the boys at home.
Now finally for the funny bit I promised at the start.
If the cake picture above made you laugh then I reckon we’d get on fine if we ever meet, if like me it made tears of laughter roll down your cheeks then come on over next time you’re in Brighton and we can have a cuppa and some cake and maybe go charity shopping together! Thank you Kathie B for the link to ‘Not everything on Pinterest is as easy as it looks‘.
PS this post came to me after a particular week when I felt weighed down by work, kids and the winter blues so no criticism please! But I have a spring in my step now and think I may even be ready to take on Christmas – long may this last!!